Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, EPL and NCAA Football Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Saturday sports card features a busy slate of college football games along with the continuation of the American League and National Championship Series and the return of the English Premier League from its international break.

The College football card includes 23 games on the Saturday schedule. Eleven games kick off the slate of games from the noon to 1:30 PM ET window. Clemson travels to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech on ABC at noon. The Tigers are a 27-point favorite with the total set at 64.5 (all odds from BookMaker). Auburn makes the trip to South Carolina to play the Gamecocks on ESPN at noon as a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 53.5. ESPN2 has Navy playing at East Carolina with the Midshipmen a 3-point favorite with an over/under of 55.5. West Virginia hosts Kansas on Fox where they are 22-point favorites with an over/under of 48.5. Army travels to San Antonio to play UTSA at 1:30 PM ET on the CBS Sports Network with the Black Knights an 8-point favorite with a total of 48.5. 

Another nine games take place between 2:30 PM ET and 6 PM ET. Notre Dame hosts Louisville at 2:30 PM ET on NBC with the Fighting Irish 16.5-point favorites with the total set at 61.5. At 3:30 PM ET, ABC has Central Florida traveling to Memphis to play the Tigers with the Knights a 2.5-point favorite with the total at 75.5. Ole Miss goes to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks at 3:30 PM ET on ESPN with the Rebels a 1.5-point favorite and an over/under of 76.5. Georgia Southern hosts UMass at 4 PM ET on ESPNU with the Eagles a 31-point favorite with the total at 62. ESPN has Mississippi State hosting Texas A&M at 4 PM ET with the Aggies a 5-point favorite with the over/under set at 56. North Texas travels to Middle Tennessee for a 5 PM ET kickoff on the CBS Sports Network with the Blue Raiders a 6-point favorite with a total of 71.5. At 6 PM ET, Louisiana Tech hosts Marshall with the Thundering Herd a 13.5-point favorite with an over/under of 48.5. 

The evening card features three games starting at 7:30 PM ET with North Carolina traveling to Tallahassee to play Florida State on ABC. The Tar Heels are 13.5-point favorites with the over/under set at 64. The highlight of the Saturday football card is the Georgia-Alabama showdown at 8 PM ET on CBS. The Bulldogs rank third in the nation in the AP poll, with the Crimson Tide ranking second. Alabama is a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 58.

Los Angeles forced a sixth game in the NLCS on Friday with their 7-3 victory over Atlanta. The Dodgers turn to Walker Buehler as their starting pitcher on Saturday, with the Braves countering with Max Fried. The NLCS takes place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, with Los Angeles designated as the home team for Game 6 playing to force a seventh game on Sunday. The Dodgers are a -150 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8. FS1 has the broadcast with the first pitch at 4:38 PM ET.

Houston forced a seventh game in the ALCS yesterday when they defeated Tampa Bay by a 7-4 score. The Astros give the ball to Lance McCullers for Game 7 with the Rays using Charlie Morton as their starting pitcher. Petco Park in San Diego hosts the ALCS, with Tampa Bay designated as the home team for this final game. The Rays are a -116 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8. The first pitch is at 8:37 PM ET on TBS.

The English Premier League returns after taking last week off to accommodate players fulfilling their national team responsibilities. Gameweek 5 starts with four fixtures on Saturday. Liverpool travels to Everton at 7:30 AM ET in a match on the NBC Sports Network. Chelsea hosts Southampton at 10 AM ET for the second game of the NBC Sports Network doubleheader. At 12:30 PM ET on NBC, Manchester City hosts Arsenal. 

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